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A+ Kalamazoo Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A Kalamazoo Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than Michigan
Kalamazoo
7921% less expensive than the US average
Michigan
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kalamazoo cost of living
F Kalamazoo Crime Total crime is 138% higher than Michigan
Total crime
5,35994% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 1994% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
15%Year over year crime is up
Kalamazoo crime
F Kalamazoo Employment Household income is 32% lower than Michigan
Median household income
$34,76737% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,96833% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%32% higher than the US average
Kalamazoo employment
C+ Kalamazoo Housing Home value is 24% lower than Michigan
Median home value
$96,60048% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$71525% lower than the US average
Home ownership
44%30% lower than the US average
Kalamazoo real estate or Kalamazoo rentals
F Kalamazoo Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Michigan
High school grad. rates
86%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
38%23% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:14% higher than the US average
Kalamazoo K-12 schools or Kalamazoo colleges

Living in Kalamazoo, MI

Located in the state of Michigan, Kalamazoo is a mid-sized city with a population of 75,885 inhabitants. Kalamazoo has a population density of 3,072 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Kalamazoo is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Kalamazoo tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 26 is far below the national average.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With useful information like amenities, crime, weather, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Kalamazoo and in the areas around Kalamazoo is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 65/100, Kalamazoo is ranked #17,530 in the United States and #403 in Michigan. Based on the grades for each individual category, Kalamazoo has received high marks for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A). On a more negative note, Kalamazoo does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F), weather (D), education (F) and employment (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Kalamazoo on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

An affordable cost of living can help reduce your monthly expenses and knowing that housing prices continue to rise, most people will take all the help that they can get. Kalamazoo benefits from a cost of living that is 21.33% less than the national average. This means that everything from goods and services to transportation costs will be lower than most other cities.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Kalamazoo is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Kalamazoo come in at $96,600, which is 24.4% lower than the Michigan average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Kalamazoo, the home price to income ratio is 2.8, which is 12% higher than the Michigan average. Real estate appreciation rates in Kalamazoo are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Kalamazoo homes comes in at 15.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 7.7%.

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Compare Kalamazoo, MI Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Kalamazoo, MI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Oakland-Winchell, Kalamazoo871.93,729
Colony Farm, Kalamazoo863.1898
Parkview Hills, Kalamazoo852.7695
West Main Hill, Kalamazoo841.31,820
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hill An Brook, Kalamazoo832.7416
W Mu-Krph, Kalamazoo821.34,931
Oakwood, Kalamazoo792.21,274
Westnedge Hill, Kalamazoo760.63,778

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
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Westwood, MI782.89,604
Holland, MI7842.833,581
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kalamazoo what a joke

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kalamazoo is nothing like it was before i can not wait to get out of here. the schools are not like they were before they just want to push your child/children through no matter what. the schools says they have a NO bullying tolerance thats a load of BULLS*IT our kids were being bullied every single day. they say they have a dress code No they do NOT they let the females wear clothes that show their butt cheeks and boobs and they let the guys were pants and shorts down to the knees. there is so much crime here i hate every time to leave the house because people are killing people here for no reasons. we have homeless and bums here because they choose NOT to work and you cant go down the street without seeing a help wanted sigh no one wants to work here. so much violence.. when we leave kalamazoo we will NOT be coming back. if kalamazoo had a - i would give it a negative 5 parents need to be on top of their kids and raise them right and treat and install values in their children considering they are the future, people come here because we have beer pubs and they cant figure out why there is so much crime here in kalamazoo. we use to be known as the paper mill now kalamazoo is known for breweries crime violence and no one who gives a sh*t about anyone
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Yes, There Really Is A Kalamazoo and It's In Michigan!

Attractions7/10
Community8/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping8/10
I recently spent one week traveling through the southwest region of Michigan and without a doubt my favorite city was Kalamazoo. An assortment of post educational facilities meant there was an abundance of students in the area. I stayed at the beautiful Radisson Plaza Hotel in the heart of downtown. Though it was expensive, its central location and charming views made it worth every penny. It also afforded me the opportunity to walk to some of the local brewpubs in the area. My personal favorite was the Olde Peninsula at 200 W Michigan Ave., a quaint brewpub located near the hotel.

While visiting, I was fortunate enough to catch the bi-annual Kalamazoo Animation Festival International. Local artists promoted Kalamazoo's animation industry while providing some intriguing entertainment. The festival was geared towards supplying information and encouragement for artists interested in animation, a theme I admit was not too exciting for me.

The next day, I decided to check out the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts which had some fascinating art work. It was explained to me that the museum held over 3,000 pieces of art, and I believed it. By the end of the day, my feet were sore from walking all over the museum.
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Source: The Kalamazoo, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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